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A Decade of Mystery: MH370 Anniversary Renews Search Hopes

Families of MH370 victims issue new calls for search efforts on the 10-year anniversary of the aircraft's disappearance.

Malaysians showing support by writing prayers on a wall at a shopping complex. (Photo: Shutterstock)

This Friday, March 8, 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Boeing 777-200 – registered as 9M-MRO – vanished from radar shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing, China, with 239 people on board.

Despite extensive underwater searches spanning over 46,000 square miles (120,000 square kilometers) across a vast swathe of the Indian Ocean, the wreckage of MH370 has never been found. The cause of the disappearance remains one of aviation’s biggest unsolved mysteries, with theories ranging from mechanical failure and hijacking to deliberate pilot action.

A Timeline of Uncertainty

The disappearance of MH370 unfolded over several bewildering hours. At 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, 2014, the flight took off uneventfully. However, just over an hour later, routine communication with air traffic control ceased. Military radar picked up the aircraft on a seemingly deliberate course change, far off its intended flight path. The last confirmed signal from MH370 came via a satellite ping at 8:19 a.m., indicating the plane was somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

“Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang air traffic control at 2.40 a.m., today (8 March 2014),” the airline said in a statement at the time.

Debris Offers Small Clues, But No Answers

In the years since the disappearance, debris believed to be from MH370 has washed ashore on various coastlines bordering the Indian Ocean. These fragments have been crucial in determining a probable search area, but haven’t provided any definitive answers about the 777’s fate.

Reports of debris have been cumulated into a Google Map. While it is strongly believed much of the debris came from the aircraft, none of which has been confirmed by investigators.

Renewed Search Efforts

The 10th anniversary has reignited efforts to find MH370. Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Anthony Loke, is considering a renewed search proposal from seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity. This proposal focuses on a specific area in the southern Indian Ocean identified through refined satellite data analysis. According to Al Jazeera, Ocean Infinity says it would not charge for the search unless wreckage or debris were found.

“The Malaysian government is committed to the search, and the search must go on,” Loke said during an event in honor of the 10th anniversary.

A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 similar to the one involved in MH370 (Photo: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

A Day of Remembrance

Friday will also be a day of remembrance for the victims and their loved ones. Memorial events are planned in Malaysia and China to honor the 239 passengers and crew who were on board MH370.

The anniversary serves as a stark reminder of the human cost of this tragedy. On the flight were 227 passengers and 12 crew members from 14 different countries. Five children were also onboard the flight.

Looking Ahead

While the mystery of MH370 may not be solved on the 10th anniversary, the possibility of a renewed search offers a potential path forward for those who lost loved ones. “No matter if it is 10 years, 20 years or more, as long as we are still alive … we will not cease to press for the truth. We believe the truth will eventually come to light,” said Bai Zhong, a Chinese national whose wife was on the stricken jet, told Al Jazeera.

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